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Due to changes in the US Lacrosse timelines, the OHSLA now needs the Academic All-American nominations two weeks earlier than what was previously shown on the OHSLA Calendar. The submission deadline is now May 10th. For more information please consult the OHSLA Forms page.
2016 Oregon Lax Civil War
Saturday April 23rd, 5pm
2016 Fritz Hayes Classic
The annual Fritz Hayes classic, featuring last year`s OHSLA Final-Four teams, will take place this weekend at West Linn High School. Jesuit takes on Lakeridge at 2pm and West Linn takes on Sunset at 4pm.
West Linn Athletic Event Parking
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On March 15th, OHSLA's newest member, St. Marys of Medford, hosted Roseburg HS at US Cellular Park that evening in what was the "First ever OHSLA sanctioned home game played by a High School team in Southern Oregon". This event created a significant media story in Medford and it is a great step forward for High School Lacrosse in Oregon. The hope is that St Marys will be the first of many schools south of Roseburg to create a lacrosse club creating a draw for players (and officials) in the area. Click For Larger Image
Scorekeepers are an important part of the OHSLA game experience and for this reason the Oregon Lacrosse Officials Association holds annual training sessions to train scorekeepers. While Officials ensure that the rules are followed, scorekeepers are integral to making sure the game goes smoothly and that events in the game are recorded properly (for history). In addition to running the clock and collecting statistics for the game, scorekeeprs assist officials throughout the game. All of the sesssions will be held on March 12th at the following locations throughout the state:
Area Time Location Instructor Bend 10-11:30am
Summit High School
2855 NW Clearwater Drive
Bend OR 97703
No Room # yet... Tom Johnson
OLOA Board Member
Marist High School
1900 Kingsley Rd
Eugene OR 97401
No Room # yet... Mike Brooks
Lake Oswego High School
2501 Country Club Rd
Lake Oswego OR 97034
(in Blue Building in LOHS front parking lot).
OLOA Board Members
South Salem High School
1910 Church St SE
Salem OR 97301
Room 106. Chris Davis
This year there will be two OHSLA Coaches clinics. The first will be Saturday, February 20th from 10am-1pm at McNary High School directed by OES head coach Dennis Sullivan. The second will be Sunday at West Linn HS from 1pm-4pm on February 21st, led by West Linn head coach Mark Flood. Both clinics will have players in attendance so that coaches can see the drills in action. These clinics are Free and Open to all coaches who wish to add to their skill sets. The McNary clinic will introduce a variety of exercises to improve individual skill and develop broader understanding of transition offense and defense, as well as half field play. Coach Sullivan has been OES varsity head coach since 2008, earning Oregon High School Coach of the Year Honors in 2009 when his undefeated team won the state championship. The West Linn Clinic will be a full out practice with a variety of drills for individual and team skills, including workouts for programs with smaller numbers on the field. Coach Flood has been head coach of West Linn Lacrosse since inception and led the program to 9 final four appearances & 4 state championships.
This year's Nike Coaches Clinic featured Albany coach Scott Marr and his brother Yorktown HS coach Dave Marr. Video from Scott Marr's presentations is available on the 2016 Nike Coaches Clinic page. The content includes video clips from Scott Marr, Dave Marr's slides, and some Lyle Thompson clips.
There are three rule changes for the 2016 season:
The Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee also issued five Points of Emphasis for 2016:
- New rules restricting shooting and sidewall stringing on the stick (a.k.a. cross).
- Minor clarifications in face-off rules.
- A new over-and-back rule to keep the ball in the offensive half of the field after a successful clear.
US Lacrosse has a nice summary and interpretation of these 2016 changes, including the reasoning behind the new Points of Emphasis. More details on the new rules can be found on the NFHS site as well as a their layman's interpretation of the new rules.
- Contact - Penalties for excessive hits to the head and neck, as well as penalties for hits to defenseless players and blindside hits.
- Helmet Fitting - Helmets shall meet current NOCSAE standards and be properly fitted for each player
- Halftime Warm-up - It is recommended that the final three minutes of intermission be used as a team warm-up period.
- Helmets and Equipment During Pre-Game and Practice Time - Coaches should educate players on the need to be properly equipped at all times.
- Defending the Crease - It is recommended that coaches not teach nor encourage field players to block the goal when the goalkeeper has vacated the goal crease area.